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This Toronto District School Board alternative school design program, where students earn high school credits by creating their own brand and running a skateboard business / professional design studio, now offers even more SK8 Entrepreneurship Opportunities & New Courses including SK8 & Art Co-ops, Native SK8 Studies, Physical Arts & Mindful Living...

OASIS SKATEBOARD FACTORY (OSF): TDSB's ART & ENTREPRENEURSHIP O.G.s since 2006!

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JUNE 29th UPDATE: OSF is now CLOSED FOR SUMMER and will reopen September 4th. We will be doing an Info Session for the remaining spaces on our student design team Wednesday Sept. 5th at 9AM in the OSF Classroom Room 3, 707 Dundas St. W.

* ALL New and Returning OSF Students must come claim their preregistered spot and be timetabled Thursday Sept. 6th 10:30AM to 1:00PM. Mandatory Orientation for ALL STUDENTS Friday Sept. 7th 10:30AM to 1:00PM, with full day classes and projects starting Monday September 10th.
If you need assistance during the summer you can reach our Office Administrator at 416-393-9830

Monday, June 14, 2010

Skeleton (Custom Longboard)


My art is often dark and horror inspired, and this board was no different. Instead of a painted graphic to show a theme, I decided to use extra wood and carve out an abstract ribcage/spine and mount them along the underside of the board. The deck type is called a drop-through longboard which means that the trucks are installed through the top of the board and covered with a metal plate.

I actually didn’t think too much about how it would work at first. I knew I wanted to make something that would be unique, look good, and be fully functional despite its crazy shape. Looking at a regular drop-through deck inspired the shape of the ribs. I saw that the foot bed of the board (where you stand) would be a perfect fit for a ribcage. The lines created by the ribs make the board eye-catching, and because of the extra layers it has dimension. I also added cracks, grooves, and shapes to give it a bone-like texture.

As I cut out the ribs and spine pieces I felt like Dr. Frankenstein designing my own monster. Building this monster took lot of work, but it was well worth the effort! This longboard is unlike any I’ve ever seen. By creating this board I have pushed my limit and I know in the future I can create other innovative skateboard designs.